A faster CPU means a smoother gaming experience. Higher frames per second in AAA games can provide better multitasking or faster video encryption when running streaming software. So how do you optimize your CPU for gaming?

Intel’s user-friendly CPU optimization tools are designed to do just that. With their easy-to-use interfaces and automatic testing, they help you run your processor at higher speeds. Read on to see which ones might work with your system.

Intel® Performance Maximizer (Intel® PM)


Intel® Performance Maximizer is an easy way to speed up your CPU. Currently, it runs on the latest “K”, “KF” or “KS” tag CPUs (such as the latest Intel® Core ™ i9 processor) and will continue to support future processors as well.


Intel® Performance Maximizer is an Intel® CPU optimizer that automatically overclocks your CPU. Overclocking; It increases the clock speed of your CPU (the number of processor cycles executed per second), allowing it to process instructions from programs faster.


Overclocking is done traditionally by manipulating adjustments in the BIOS, then rebooting and running stress tests to measure system stability. Intel® Performance Maximizer makes things easy. This tool runs directly on Windows instead of the BIOS and takes care of all testing and tuning for you.


Intel® Performance Maximizer; automatically tests your system to determine the capabilities of individual cores (the “performance DNA” of the CPU). Due to variations in production (what over clockers call the “silicon lottery”), each processor has a unique performance profile; this means that some processors can be overclocked to higher speeds than other processors with the same model number. These tests, supported by machine learning, create a customized profile of that CPU model instead of using the standard model features of your processor.


After testing, Intel® Performance Maximizer determines the maximum safe overclocking frequency for the processor. Significant increase in clock speed; It can provide frame-per-second increments in CPU-intensive games , faster video processing times and faster response times for a variety of applications.


Please note that Intel® Performance Maximizer requires 16 GB of free storage space and several hours of continuous runtime. Read more on how to use it here.

Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel® XTU)


CPU optimization software that offers benchmarks, stress tests and system monitoring with live trend graphs. It works with unlocked multiplier Intel® CPUs fitted with “K” based on 3rd Generation models and Intel® Core ™ X-series processor family for tech savvy.


Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility ; It provides easy access to essential overclocking “tuning switches” that control CPU speed, providing more practical overclocking capabilities than Intel® Performance Maximizer.


This built-in benchmark tool can be used to compare CPU speed before and after overclocking and then compare it to other over clockers’ scores. Other users’ settings can be imported and applied from the “Profiles” tab.


The built-in CPU stress test allows users to check stability and system temperatures with their own overclocking settings. Regardless of whether overclocking is set manually via Intel® Performance Maximizer or Intel® XTU, or in the BIOS environment, Intel® XTU stress testing offers a heavy workload. Read more on how to use it here.


Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology is an automatically activated CPU optimization tool without any user setup or settings. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is found on many Intel® CPUs. Unlike Intel® Performance Maximizer and Intel® XTU, it does not require an unlocked processor to run.


Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 dramatically increases CPU speeds under heavy workloads. To meet the demands of CPU-intensive software, it temporarily raises the CPU clock speed above the normal operating frequency, to the Maximum Turbo Frequency (for example, 5.30 GHz for the Intel® Core ™ i9-10900K processor).


However, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology may not always increase your clock speed to the Maximum Turbo Frequency. CPU temperature, power consumption, and the number of processors in use can affect your processor’s maximum secure speed.


Most Intel® CPUs use Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, while some Intel® Core ™ X-series processor family processors have Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. 3.0 puts on top of the specs of 2.0, accelerating the CPU’s fastest cores and directing critical workloads to them.


How Do I Use CPU Optimization Software?

Unlocked Intel® CPUs are designed for overclocking, and free CPU optimization programs such as Intel® Performance Maximizer and Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility help them reach their full potential.


However, these programs are not the only way to optimize performance. Making sure your system has proper cooling and is free of bottlenecks; here are two other great ways to make sure you get the most out of your computer.


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